Vital preparations for the United Nations Day of Vesak (Buddha’s Birthday, Enlightenment and Passing Away) celebrations, slated for May 7-12 in northern Ninh Binh province, have been completed.

The information was announced at the International Council for Day of Vesak’s (ICDV) second conference held in Hanoi on March 20.

According to the event’s organising board, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) in coordination with relevant authorities and localities have devised plans to ensure security, traffic safety and food assistance for the event.

Addressing the conference, ICDV Vice President, Venerable Dr. Tampalawela Dhammaratana expressed his pleasure with the preparations, believing that the event, themed "Buddhist Perspective towards Achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals", will be successful.

The event, to take place in Bai Dinh pagoda, is organised by the VBS in collaboration with the ICDV.

It will help raise Vietnam’s responsibility in the United Nations as well as introduce to international friends the image and culture of the country, especially Vietnamese Buddhism’s incessant development over the past 2,000 years.

The celebrations are expected to welcome around 5,000 guests, including 1,500 from 95 countries and territories worldwide.

This will be the second time Vietnam has hosted the event. In 2008, the Vesak celebration in Hanoi witnessed the participation of over 600 Buddhist delegations from around the globe.-VNA